Photo: Heather Jowett Photography
Sometimes in the great search for the perfect wedding venue, you don't even know where to begin. The answer? Browsing the top-notch spots to get married. Ever. In our new February/March 2016 issue (on newsstands now!) we call out the best venues— indoor and outdoor, big and small, luxury and budget-friendly— across America. How did we go about creating such a list? We asked more than 1,500 real brides and grooms nationwide to weigh in on the best spots to say "I do" by rating their own wedding location on everything from the service to the food to the view. From great plantations and rustic farms in the South to elegant libraries and grand hotels in the Northeast to romantic, swoon-worthy wineries on the West Coast, we found them all. So take note, brides-to-be! These are our readers' favorite bridal boutiques in the Midwest.
Museums, music halls, and chic barns rule the Heartland
Zingerman's Cornman Farms, Dexter, Michigan (Above)
The farmhouse and restored barn on 42 acres of pastures are the stuff of country-wedding fantasies. Bonus: Choose between the famous Zingerman's Deli or Roadhouse, an upscale barbecue palace, for your catering.
Adler Planetarium, Chicago
This venue lets you marry right on Lake Michigan, so get hitched on the terrace before heading over to the reception space for sights of the Chicago skyline.
Symphony Center, Chicago
Even if you're not into doing an elevated ceremony on Armour Stage, you'll love the Grainger Ballroom's embellished ceilings and grand arched windows overlooking Michigan Avenue.
Downtown Market Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Set above a farmer's market, the modern greenhouse and rooftop terrace offer an urban oasis for a ceremony one floor away from the city streets.
Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Michigan
This resort is known for its geranium-dotted 660-foot veranda (perfect for ceremonies) and its fantastic planner, who will put out any last-minute fires, like when a groomsman forgets his pants (true story).
A'bulae, St. Paul, Minnesota
This loftlike space has a roof for your I do's, floor-to-ceiling windows in the ballroom, and a luxe dressing room. (You and your 'maids will each have your own hair and makeup station. Fancy!)
Peabody Opera House, St. Louis
Exchange vows on the red-curtained stage in the theater, then head back to the marbled lobby, which doubles as the two-story ballroom of your dreams.
The Club at Hillbrook, Chagrin Falls, Ohio
A Tudor mansion in the woods, this venue gives off major fairy-tale vibes. Plus the wedding team goes above and beyond, even finishing that final DIY project for you.
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland
A three-story glass atrium filled with trees adds a contemporary edge to the museum's original 1916 architecture, perfect for a traditional-meets-modern affair.
Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, Ohio
Want a lush space for your in-town nuptials? This greenhouse is stuffed with palm trees, and its exterior sports a super-cool light installation by artist James Turrell.
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee
Guests can tour the galleries to see the works of Picasso while you slip outside for photos in front of Quadracci Pavilion, a Calatrava-designed masterpiece meant to look like a ship's bow.